THE WASHER OF THE FORD: LEGENDARY MORALITIES AND BARBARIC TALES. New York: Stone & Kimball, 1896. Octavo, pp. [1-12] [1-2] 3-332 [333: colophon] [334-336: blank] [note: first and last leaves are blanks], title page printed in orange and black, original decorated green cloth, front panel stamped in brown, spine panel stamped in gold, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. First U.S. edition, later binding ("Stone/Chicago" at base of spine panel). "Folklore and pseudo-folklore of the Hebrides turned into stories, often expressed in Macleod's swollen, neo-Ossianic style." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1089. "Most of the FM stories, novels and poems were concentrated into four years (1893-6), produced almost with the fervour of religious experience. All have a dreamlike spiritual quality, capturing the folk-memory of Celtic myth and legend. Their popularity contributed to the Celtic revival of the 1890s. The best short fiction and sketches appeared as THE SIN-EATER AND OTHER TALES (1895) and THE WASHER OF THE FORD ... (1896), which are mostly stories of spiritual transformation and second sight. In both books the title story features mythic characters whose actions consume or purify the sins of others." - Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, p. 608. See Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 2-118. Schlobin, The Literature of Fantasy 946. Bleiler (1978), p. 131. Reginald 09510. Kramer 75 (not noting this binding). Gold lettering on spine panel very dull, a very good copy. (#118704).
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